Printmaking Reflection


I really like my collage, because I really tried to create a lot of movement in my collage. I did this by arranging the circular shapes in a circle to make a loop around the botten left corner. I thought that this created a lot of movement. I really liked how my final collage turned up in the end. One thing that helped me create movement that I didn’t really plan on was the newspaper I put in the bottom corner, the words go vertically and it doesn’t go horizontally like the rips I did on the other areas of the collage and this made the “loop” more smooth and it just added a little bit of variation to it.

Another thing that I really tried to focus on was my balance and my color choice. The main color I tried to balance through the whole piece was blue, I had a lot of blue in my prints, and I had a lot of blue in my digital art so I decided to use it to my advantage. Having it distributed throughout the piece in my opinion makes my piece not as crowded in one area and to dull in another. I also put some read in it to make parts of the collage pop out at the people looking at it.

Astronomy Project Reflection

Before we started the actual project we first had to think about what we wanted to research about and come up with three essential questions that we were going to answer through our projects. These are my three essential questions:

  • How are galaxies formed?
  • What are the different types of galaxies and what are their characteristics?
  • How do galaxies compare to one another? What are the similarities and what are the differences?

The reason why I decided to pick galaxies as my topic for research was because, back when I was in 5th or 4th grade, I remember that someone presented a project about galaxies, I knew what they were but I didn’t know too much about it in depth. But when this person presented he/she didn’t provide a lot of information in depth and I was interested, but I never got the chance to research it in a project. So when this project came up I thought back and I remembered that I wanted to learn more about galaxies, so that was how I decided to research about galaxies.

I think that this project was fairly easy to me, because Ms. U left the format for the presentation, open for us to choose. All we had to do was research all the information that we needed, sort the information out into what we need and what we don’t need. Then all we had to do was to find images and put into my presentation.

I really liked how we got to present it for this project, it isn’t in front of the whole class which makes me too nervous, and because we only present to 3-4 people it makes the presentation flow better for me and there just isn’t as much pressure than if you were to present in front of the whole class. I also liked the fact that you could have a script or some notes to help you remember if you want. Because when I am asked to memorize, it is hard for me to improvise when I mess up, and I get stuck very often and this makes it really embarrassing when you are presenting.

Printmaking Art Homework

What other templates did you see when researching Printmaking?

When I was researching about Printmaking, I learned that anything can be a template as long as it can be pressed on paper or whatever you are printing on. Some examples will be metal and wood.

What is a Monoprint?

A monoprint is a print where you print only once. There is only one time of printing so every print will be different from the last.










What is the difference between a 3 cut polystyrene print and a monoprint?

In a monoprint we only print once. But in a 3 cut polystyrene print we print 3 times. So first we print an “original” print, then we cut and change the template some more so that the areas that we change will show the color underneath.

What surfaces can you print onto. Give examples.

We can print on any surface that paint or ink can stick on. In class we printed on color paper, paper, newspaper or cardboard.

SLC Reflection

What went well?

It was easy to communicate with my parents about what I learned, because we have already written a blog post, which was like a script. So we had the general picture about what we were going to talk about, but if we forget about what we want to talk about. We can always look down and read for a bit so that you get into the rhythm again.

What did you struggle with?

I struggled with speaking with confidence, because maybe it was a conference and the name kind of gave it more pressure. So sometimes when I was speaking I might stutter a bit or lose my train of thought. Sometimes I might even skip paragraphs and when I realize I skipped it I had to go back and talk about it again. But I ordered the paragraphs so that they went in a flow so when I went back it kind of changed the flow.

What can be done to improve this?

This can be improved by more practice, making sure you speak at an audible volume. Not to low but you are also not yelling. I did practice before the SLC, but when the actual SLC came the way I presented it to my parents was a lot different to the way I presented it to my classmates. Next time I do it I will try to make myself stick with the way I practiced and not change it on the day. Because if you change it on the day, then it is basically presenting in that way for the first time.

Introduction to Printmaking



Printmaking is the process of printing, usually done on paper. This allows you to recreate the same piece of artwork multiple times. Printmaking allows the artist to create “copies” of the same artwork, but each “copy” is considered an original because each one is a little different from the last because of the process of printmaking.

1. I learned that there are actually four techniques for printmaking, relief, stencil, planographic and Intaglio.

2. Printmaking can be done from Lino-blocks. Lino-blocks are made for carving and this allows you to apply different layers of colors.

3. The four main materials needed for printmaking is a Linoblock, a roller, ink and a carving tool.

Conical Hat

My goal for my conical was to have part of the hat look realistic but have some other parts look Abstract. I think I achieved my goal because I tried to make my bridge in Hanoi look realistic, while I made my Notre-Dame Cathedral in HCMC look flat instead of 3D. For the bridge I tried to make the trees around the bridge look realistic by adding different shades of green to it, and for the bridge I made it 3D and adding different shades of red and bits of black to make the bridge look more realistic. For the abstract part, the cathedral I made it a light pink color which is different from the actual color of the cathedral just because I wanted it to stand out more against to fairly dark background I gave it. After that I added a thin black line around the cathedral to make the cathedral stand out. My paint technique for both the realistic and abstract parts were to make some parts smooth while some parts made it look a little messy just so there was some difference all over the hat. The design I used to incorporate these parts together was to divide the hat up into difference sections. And the background for both of them I made them so that they would look similar one wouldn’t be too dark and another might not be too light so that it would still look like it belonged to the same artwork.


Abstract Art Homework

Why did the rich want art?

The rich wanted art because they wanted to show off their status through the art they hang up at their house.

What movement began in 1870?

The Impressionists started the movement, I’m not sure what is it called.

What was their purpose/technique used that made them different?

They mix the colors a little, and they blurred the boundaries between border and background.

Which movement was after Impressionism? Who were 2 artists?

Post Impressionist. Vincent van Gogh and Lautrec.

Abstract art has 4 subjects.

Abstract art is called non-representational art because…. 

they didn’t want it to represent anything just settling with color and form.

How can this type of art generate an emotional response? 

This type of art, broke the rules of art, and it mostly angered the public. But this opened a new viewpoint to art.

Is your work Abstract? Why?

My work is abstract, because it uses strong colors and some of the boundaries are faded, it also doesn’t really represent anything.

What emotions do you think your art triggers?    

I think for the painter or the creator it triggers happiness, because of course you are the one making it. But for the public and the audience it could trigger lots of different emotions.

What was one thing you learnt from the video?  

Abstract art received mainly negative responses from the public when it was introduced.                         

CSI Blog Write Up

CSI, stands for color, symbol and image. For my CSI, the words I chose were industrial revolution. I chose the multiple colors and shades of grey because it reminds me of the metal that is always present at factories, the light and dark colors remind me of the multiple parts of a machine, with some parts closer to to you and with some parts deeper into the machine. The brown smoke that is coming out of the factory, I chose because I just wanted to make the colors a little more interesting without having to have the whole CSI grey, it also reminds me of where most factories that I’ve seen are located, usually in more rural areas that have sand and mud. At least that’s the case in Vietnam. The symbol I chose is a factory, I mean when you see a factory you immediately think of machines working, and machines are what industrial revolutions are all about. The smoke also reminds me of a steam engine, the machine that started the industrial revolution. The image I chose shows a group of people getting replaced by some gears which is supposed to stand for a machine of some type. When the industrial revolution happened, the machines could now do work that humans did, so this showed relates to my image, because the humans did get replaced by machines that were designed to do their job.

Newton Vehicle Blog Post #3

I learned that during the design process, you have to think a lot and try to make your vehicle work as efficiently as it possibly can. And even though sometimes it can be quite frustrating when coming up with ideas, the design process is really important. It helps you keep yourself organized and you can look back at it if you forget something. If I could do this experiment again, one thing that I would change would be the stick that connects our two back wheels, I would change it into something more round. For some reason a side of the stick was flat so occasionally when the wheel was rolling it would get stuck on that side and the car would basically have to drag the wheel along. And static friction is not as efficient as rolling friction and I think that really affected the distance our vehicle traveled. First of all, before this unit I actually didn’t know anything about Newton’s laws. Yeah, I knew that there was gravity and that you won’t stop until a force acts on you. But I just didn’t know that there actually is a scientifically proven laws about what I experience everyday. Almost everything I do is described in these laws, I can’t believe that I wasn’t aware of these laws before this unit. I really like this unit, the activities are really fun to do. So to sum it all up, I learned that Newton’s laws is almost always connected to everyday life, whether you are walking, taking a ride or playing soccer. If I could extend this project and extend it even further. I think I would like to try the flying model that Ms. U told our group about which had the fishing line and the huge balloon pushing it all the way from one side to the other like a rocket. It sounds really cool and I would really like to try that.

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Newton Vehicle Blog Post #2

The way our vehicle will incorporate Newton’s 1st law of motion in our design is because the car’s wheels will not move because any object at rest will stay at rest until a force is exerted on it, our force will be the balloon releasing air to push the vehicle forward. The bottom of the balloon will be taped to the card board frame which is connected to our wheels. When the air in the balloon gets released the balloon will want to fly, but since we taped it to the card board frame this force will be transferred into energy that will move our vehicle. The way our vehicle will incorporate Newton’s 2nd law of motion in its design will be because of what this law of motion is telling. It tells us that acceleration is affected by the mass and net force acting upon it. So our model is very dependent on this law of motion, we have selected light and small materials to use for our vehicle because mass is a factor which affects acceleration, so we have taken that into consideration. And the net force will be the balloon, our vehicle doesn’t have a container so it isn’t restricted to a small amount of potential force, and our balloons can get quite big so after a few modification we will have a vehicle that will travel a long distance or for long time. The way our vehicle incorporates Newton’s 3rd law of motion in our design will be in our wheels, we have decided to use bottle caps which are quite smooth with a lot of surface instead of our original design which was to use the cut out bottoms of the bottles which have some gaps and holes in them. We decided to use bottle caps because it isn’t bent or is in an irregular shape so that when the reaction force pushes back at the wheel it will be pushing at the same type of surface for all four wheels, this is intended to make the car go straighter. Obviously this isn’t working, so something is really wrong and our group will have to find a way to fix it.

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